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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

The 17 states spanning the central U.S. account for about 80% of the nation's current and planned wind energy capacity. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- There's encouraging news about Illinois' potential for wind energy development in a new analysis. The 17 states spanning the central U.S. are known as the "Wind Belt," with roughly 80% of the nation's current and planned wind-energy capacity. And Jeff Walk -- director of cons

The oil and gas industry emits more than 3 million metric tons of methane pollution annually. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois is joining more than a dozen other states in trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency's hand on methane pollution standards. A motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asks the court to find that EPA's nearly four-year delay in f

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined 23 other governors in July calling on the Trump administration to preserve states' authority to set their own clean-car standards. (David Wilson/Flickr)

DEKALB, Ill. – The Environmental Protection Agency says it will revoke California's authority to set higher standards for tailpipe emissions than those of the federal government – a move that will affect other states' ability to set higher standards as well. The Trump administration sp

A new lawsuit claims the repeal of the Clean Power Plan violates the Clean Air Act. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – Illinois is among nearly two dozen states fighting a new Trump administration rule, saying it won't be effective at cleaning up pollution from power plants. The Obama-era Clean Power Plan set nationwide targets to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. But the new Affordable Cl

Activists gathered in Chicago to speak out against a bill they say intends to silence protestors of oil and gas infrastructure. (The People's Lobby)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that would increase penalties for damage to critical infrastructure is making its way through the Illinois Legislature, and its opponents are not backing down. Activists from social justice, environmental and faith-based groups gathered in Chicago yesterday to denoun

According to one estimate, closing eight downstate coal plants would save Illinoisans a total of up to $14 billion on electricity between 2018 and 2030. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – If Dynegy Energy closes its eight coal-fired power plants in downstate Illinois, all will be fine - and better for the environment - according to a new study commissioned by environmental groups. Even after its merger with Texas-based Vistra Energy, the power company has be

Mayors of Chicago, Highland Park, Elgin, Evanston and Skokie signed a letter to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, asking him to keep the Clean Power Plan in place. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite the listening sessions being held across the nation about whether to roll back the Clean Power Plan, environmental groups don't have a lot of hope that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt will keep it in place. The Clean Power Plan took effect in 2015, aimed at reducing carbon

Dynegy Energy has asked for a $400 million bailout, saying that without it, thousands of local jobs will be lost. (nih.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new state report says Illinois has plenty of power, and environmental advocates say that means there's few reasons to bail out coal plants belonging to Dynegy. The company asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to relax some environmental protections that have been in pl

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